Report From PIA – January 12
I’ve been having an email conversation with Lois se Vries, another garden writer who is interested in cultivating a meaningful life, beginning in the garden. I’m pleased to hear about her blog, and wish her well…the more of us that write and speak about whole life gardening, the more people may look at our approach as the norm, instead of the exception.
I told her that truthfully, I think it’s an uphill climb. I have many devoted readers (thank you, and you and you and…) but others who stop by for garden advise move on quickly when they find a mix that’s more spiritual, philosophical, thoughtful and creatively whimsical than they’re looking for.
There have been times, I told Lois, when people have come to my talks and sermons prepared only for practical garden advice. They found themselves challenged, however, to think of the garden as a metaphor for life.
Not that I’m opposed to sensible gardening suggestions. You want to talk turkey? Me too! Let’s discuss favorite plants, practices and experiences. But let’s not settle for the surface chitchat, OK? Let’s start from the ground up, and be willing to talk about the entire experience of cultivating life.